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Open University funding

There are two funds to help Open University Honours graduates:

  • The Crowther Fund is named after late Lord Crowther, The Open University’s first Chancellor. This fund is intended to help Open University graduates who want to build on their first degree by contributing towards further study, research or a period of voluntary work.
  • The Robert Beevers Memorial Fund is named after Dr Robert Beevers, one of The Open University’s ‘founding fathers’. This fund is intended for research-related study, and offers contributions towards tuition fees or study-related expenses.

These funds are independent of financial circumstances, and you’re welcome to apply for both via the Crowther Fund.

Applications open each year on 1 November and the application closing date is 28 February each year.

For more information about either award, email

To apply, download the application form and guidance notes.

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